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Bing Apps for Office: Microsoft Bing Apps for Office

Steve BallmerBing Apps for Office: Last week on the official Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Bing Search blog, the company announced Bing Apps for Office including some basic information on how these free apps can be used with the new Office 365 Home Premium.

At this time, there are five Bing Apps for Office. These include: Bing Finance for Excel, Bing Maps for Excel, Bing Image Search for Word, Bing News Search for Word and Bing Dictionary for Excel and Word.

It is nice to see that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is offering these apps free of cost when they had the potential to charge a small fee to increase revenue for the product.

Let’s take a closer look at what each app has to offer, as published by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on its blog:

“Bing Maps for Office allows Excel users to plot location data onto live, interactive Bing maps. It includes data visualization options, such as translating various column values into different-sized shapes on the map.”

“Bing Finance for Office is a beta product that allows users to create finance portfolio tables in Excel. Stock symbols can be input and fields can be customized to display a wide range of content, including live price updates.”

“Bing News Search for Office lets users search for news and videos from within Word documents. Results can be inserted into the document with a single click and favorite searches can be saved for later use.”

“Bing Dictionary for Office ensures that Word’s spell-check tools include the latest spellings and definitions. If a user doesn’t know how to spell a word, he or she can type phonetically and Bing will offer suggestions. The app currently supports only English-language words.”

“Bing Image Search for Office allows users to launch a Web search from within Word by typing into a search box or by selecting text within the document. The app can also insert search returns into the document with a single click.”

Search, search, and search some more. As you can see, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Bing Apps for Office are all about making it easier for people to search for the information they need. Of course, this makes sense with Bing being one of the three major industry search engines.

Do you see yourself using these apps in the future? If so, share your thoughts on how these could make your life easier.

Check back here for more updates on Bing Apps for Office.

DISCLOSURE: I have no positions in any stock mentioned.

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